Sunday, November 30, 2008

Apple Fever

The food festival fever continued with the 18th Annual Apple Festival at the University of British Columbia. I brought along eight of my own pomme creations, and found them a temporary home on these young apple trees:

Here's a video of me retrieving/picking the apples:

The festival showcased over one hundred varieties of apples, and I submitted my apples as potential new varieties: Bernat Braeburn? Lion Brand Liberty? Red Heart Red Delicious?

The streaks on some of my green and yellow apples were applied with a red stamp pad.

Returning home, my girlfriend spotted a metal doe grazing on a nearby lawn:

He had apple fever too!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Cranberry Concoctions

I'm a fan of festivals, especially if they're food-related. So when I heard about the 13th Annual Fort Langley Cranberry Festival last month, I had to go!

I made crochet cranberries to bring to the festivities, and found a mountain of real cranberries as a setting for this photo:

The festival featured cranberries being harvested, and my girlfriend captured this video:

Here's a photo of my crochet cranberries within this harvest:

My mom bought bags of cranberries from the Cranberry Festival, and she made cranberry sauce from them. She also added them to her unique chili recipe. I couldn't make either dish from my yarn cranberries, so I made this necklace and ring for my girlfriend instead:

Sunday, November 16, 2008

From the Shower to the Moon

I made this rocket window sticker years ago, and it remains on my shower window. One morning, I realized that the rocket is shaped like a wider version of the icecream cones I made.

I leapt out of the shower (not recommended) and spent the day completing this rocket:

The rocket's red fins are also icecream cones, but folded in half and stitched together. The exhaust blast is yarn tied to a button, which can be attached to a hole in the rocket's base. The moon and star were improvised from a tangle of yarn, and only look presentable in the darkness of space.

Here is the rocket silhouetted by LED-powered starlight:

And here is the rocket upon landing on the moon:

I like the look of 1950s sci-fi movies, and even made a short film called Reveries and Rocketships in 2001. The 28-minute film can be seen here, and the scene featuring the rocket can be seen below:

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Icecream Weather

When I made the heart-arrow, I noticed that its base resembled a cone. So, just in time for the winter chill, here are my resulting icecream cone creations:

My niece has defined the flavours below (clockwise from top): chocolate-chip mint, mango, bubblegum, coconut, mocha, blue raspberry, wild berry, chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla.

I also made icecream cone keychains for my girlfriend's purse, for my niece's schoolbag, and for my sister's keys at the school where she teaches:

The three of them tell me about the compliments the cones receive, which are a joy to hear.

Maybe there is a market for icecream during winter!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Love is in the Air

I wanted to make a heart keychain for my girlfriend, so I followed this pattern. As usual, the outcome differed from my intention, and the heart looked more like an arrowhead.

So here is the Heart-Arrow!

Fortunately, the heart-arrow's cone shape has inspired new ideas on what to crochet. I'll blog about those creations in the next few entries.

Until then, beware of cupid's bow!

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